I’m going to walk in at Wits and register for my master’s‚ says Malema

Julius Malema the leader of the EFF celebrates after graduating with a BA-Honours Degrees in Philosophy at Unisa.Picture: Masi Losi

EFF leader Julius Malema on Monday said he would walk in at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and register for his Masters degree.

Malema made the statement during an interview in which he answered questions about land expropriation and free education.

In December, Malema called on every young person in possession of a matric certificate, or who may have dropped out of a tertiary institution, to report to several institutions and demand free education.

In the message, Malema said all people who may not have been able to afford tertiary education in the past should approach any institution of their choice.

“We call upon all those who passed matric extremely well in the past and found themselves as petrol attendants, retail or security workers because they couldn’t afford university fees, to report at the academic institution of their choice next year,” Malema said.

Malema said the EFF would be visible at all tertiary institutions to make sure that not only students from rich families were taken care of by the system.

He said, in the new year, his party would also actively participate in activities that would ensure proper functioning of health facilities for the majority of South Africans.

“In 2018 we will also ensure that our public health facilities function much better, particularly public hospitals. We acknowledge that our public healthcare system has collapsed, making the poor to die prematurely. We will demand that a proper, quality, free and accessible healthcare system is provided to the poor.”

However, Wits has announced that it has finalised applications for the 2018 academic year and will not be accepting any further applications for the first semester intake.

Last week, the association representing universities in South Africa said that no walk-in students would be accepted at all 26 universities in South Africa.

Wits University said the closing date for undergraduate studies at the university was 30 September 2017, therefore it was impossible to accept any more students.

The university’s spokesperson Schalk Mouton said they received more applications than they could accommodate.

“Wits University has received 56 901 applications for first-year enrollments for the 2018 academic year and has a place for only 5 664 first year students,” Mouton said.

-Metro Reporter